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Title Anthony Yelmini Interview
Author Yelmini, Anthony
Date May 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSIACR 82, Box 51 , Folder 657, (YEL-62)
Library / Archive Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collection Name Italian American Collection Records
Description Oral history interview covering birth in Italy, moving to Switzerland, returning to Italy, obstacles to emigration, factory work during First World War, emigration to the United States through Ellis Island, lumber work in Wisconsin, radio work in Kansas City, arrival in Chicago, attending night school, working in a radio shop/as a shipping clerk, attending law school and taking the bar exam, attending YMCA Italian classes, marriage, practicing law, Italian-American summer camps, return to Italy in 1956, religion, the Italian Lutheran Church, labour unionism in Italy, Italian businesses in Chicago, organised crime, community leaders, attitude towards work and education and discrimination.
Series Description Series I: Donated Material. Sub Series I: Donations, Information, and Transcripts. The Italian-American Collection was compiled as part of the "Italians in Chicago" project by the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and largely conducted during 1979 and 1980. Donations included photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, books, booklets and pamphlets, citizenship papers, church documents, as well as various other family memorabilia. Some donations show life in Italy, many more deal with the immigration process, and others show dominant themes in Italian American lives here in the United States. This sub-series contains the donations and interview transcripts of various Italian Americans who participated in the Italian American research project. Most of the interviews and donations took place in 1979 and 1980 in the city of Chicago. This sub-series and spans from the years of 1880 through 1980.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) Switzerland; Unites States of America
Places Genoa, Naples, Milan, Italy; Switzerland; Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Unites States
Nationality Italian; Italian-American; European
Keywords history, return passage, immigration, lumber camp, labour, employment, religion, Lutheranism, education, language classes, Young Men's Christian Association, labour trade union, business, crime, community relations, welfare, occupation, broadcasting, shipping, family, law, food, culture, children, holidays and celebrations, newspaper, banking, social services, public building, housing, discrimination, prohibition, languages, Protestantism, cultural identity, national identity, sport, factory, livestock, alcohol, war, army, farming
Language English
Copyright Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago